Conflict Resolution is one of the fastest growing academic fields in the world today. Although it is a relatively young discipline, having emerged as a specialized field in the 1950s, it has rapidly grown into a self-contained, vibrant, interdisciplinary field. The SAGE Handbook of Conflict Resolution brings together all the conceptual, methodological, and substantive elements of Conflict Resolution into one volume of 35 specially commissioned chapters. The Handbook is designed to reflect where the field is today by drawing on the contributions of experts from different fields, presenting, in a systematic way, the most recent research and practice.
Chapter 10: Territory as a Source of Conflict and a Road to Peace1
Territory as a Source of Conflict and a Road to Peace1
Diplomats have long seen that territory is a persistent source of conflict, but what has not been known is that once neighbors settle their territorial disputes, they can have long periods of peace and prosperity, even if new salient issues arise. In this way, territory is a key both to war and to peace. This chapter will review the major findings on territory within the international relations field and discuss its implications for conflict resolution. Emphasis is placed on interstate war because this is where most of the research has occurred. Although there are implications for intrastate and civil war, more research in this ...